Whether you are looking for a bag of organic vegetables, a cheap bike or some rare 1970’s Krautrock vinyl then the great range of markets scattered across Dublin are well worth exploring.
Street markets enjoyed a golden age during the recession as many landlords were under pressure and willing to try different options to ensure their property wasn’t lying empty.
They also had a positive impact on the economy of the city as many small start-ups tested their products out on the street markets.
Traders could learn their pitch and interact with potential customers one to one as Dublin’s street markets drew bigger and bigger crowds.
Since the advent of the recovery, and rising rents, street markets in the capital have been hit hard with seven closing down in the last few years.
Thankfully there are still some great ones left each with their vast array of amazing stuff waiting to be discovered.
With so many to choose from, we’ve picked out a few of Dublin’s best.
Dublin Flea Market
- The Dublin Flea Market celebrates its 10th birthday this month and is now one of Dublin’s best loved and most popular markets. Currently, the market is located at Point Square, beside the 3Arena, for some very exciting Christmas markets coming up in two weekends in December – the 6th to 9th and the 13th to 16th.
It’s an indoor market with over 70 stalls selling everything from quality vintage clothes to second hand bikes, antiques and furniture.
There is also an organic food open on market days with an excellent selection of produce.
- Howth Market was established in 2009 and has grown massively in popularity among locals, tourists and visitors from out of town.
Located conveniently on the Harbour Road opposite Howth Dart station, it underwent a major upgrade in the summer of 2013 and is now very well equipped to deal with the huge crowds every weekend.
Offering an eclectic mix of organic food, beautiful baked goods, clothes, antiques, jewellery plus lots more the market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from 10am to 6pm whilst the front five units serve the public 7 days a week.
- The long established Blackrock Market, which opened in 1996, is one of the best run and most successful weekend markets in Dublin.
Located just off the main street of the town, it is very similar to the tradition flea markets found all across Europe offering a range of independent and artisan shops who sell all sorts of items like hand crafts, bean bags, candles, stamps, coins, second hand books, antiques and furniture.
Blackrock Market is open every weekend, plus Bank Holiday Mondays and there are usually over 50 traders in attendance.